Please read this article carefully. It could be one of the most important articles you will ever read.
My maternal grandmother and one of my cousins, her grandson, both died with Parkinson’s Disease. Several years ago I started having trouble walking. I was misdiagnosed and kept getting worse and worse. Finally I could only walk if I were holding on to a walker. I had been told I had a rare reaction to a medicine. One day the cousin who had Parkinson’s Disease told me he thought something else was wrong with me and he suggested I go to his neurologist for an evaluation. I followed Dick’s advice. The neurologist asked me a few simple questions and said he thought I needed to have a CT scan. When the test came back, I was horrified to learn that I had a brain condition called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).
What is Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus?
It is basically water on the brain. Usually it occurs in older adults when something keeps “water” or cerebrospinal fluid from draining from the brain. NPH masquerades as either Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimer’s Disease. It has been estimated that there are at least 700,000 cases of NPH in nursing homes right now. They are dying from NPH but they think they have Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease. No matter how competent your doctor is, he can diagnose your loved one incorrectly unless he gives your patient a CT scan. Please if someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, please insist on a CT scan before you accept a diagnosis, no matter how acclaimed the diagnosing physician is. Please I beg you: insist your patient receive a CT scan as part of the diagnosis. The life you save just may turn out to be a part of your family!!! God bless you and your family!